The Surprising Issue That Really Got John Oliver’s Goat This Week
The “Last Week Tonight” host said while plastics production is increasing, less than 9 percent of U.S. plastics are recycled. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to recycle the rest.
Non-recyclable items turn up in recycling bins so often that waste managers have a name for it: wish-cycling, or things people simply wish could be recycled but can’t.
“The term wish-cycling is just too good to be wasted on garbage,” Oliver said. “Wish-cycling sounds like a spin class taught by a unicorn, or the sewage treatment system at Hogwarts: ‘This, children, is where we wish-cycle all your collected urine into this delicious butterbeer.’”
Oliver took a look at what happens to recyclables as well as what happens to the other 91 percent of plastics. There’s also a “horrific goat-man hybrid”:
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